Ken Borland
Sports Journalist
3 minute read
22 Jul 2020
4:07 pm

Opportunity is the key to equality, says Proteas icon Philander

Ken Borland

While he says he experienced no racism during his time in the Proteas team, South African bowling great Vernon Philander's support for the Black Lives Matter movement is based on what he classifies as "inequality" in the cricket system.

Vernon Philander announced his retirement from international cricket earlier this year. Picture: Lee Warren/Gallo Images

Philander was one of 30 former Proteas players who signed a letter last week supporting BLM and calling on Cricket South Africa to confront the problem of racial division in the sport. The 35-year-old paceman retired from international cricket at the end of the national team's Test series against England in January, with outstanding figures of 224 wickets in 64 matches, at an average of just 22.32. "BLM has a totally different meaning in South Africa than abroad. Here it stands for equality and respecting peoples' views, everyone's, regardless of the colour of their skin," Philander said. "Those questions of...